Minimizing Nuclear Threats
This morning when I heard that John Kerry was outlining his plan
to reduce the potential for a nuclear attack by terrorists, (Chicago Trib signin req'd)
I was angry. I thought of it as an extension of the recent Ashcroft/Mueller panic proliferation
. I have since reconsidered my reaction. Clearly this needs to be a high priority endeavour. As was demonstrated in Iraq, where the Bush admin didn't even attempt to secure nuclear facilities
as it beat the drums for WMD's, we can safely assume they are oblivious.
Kerry meanwhile also pledged to reduce existing nuclear weapons stockpiles, halt production of the materials used to make them and end nuclear weapons programs in nations like North Korea and Iran. This is one area where Kerry distinguishes himself quite readily from Bush. The IAEA
also are working on initiatives. Why does it seem clear to me that if the IAEA or NTI were to send briefings to the current White House, they would go unread, just as all the other recent briefings?
posted by Cyndy